Disabilities

Daniel J. Vance is a licensed professional counselor and national certified counselor from Vernon Center, Minn. His weekly newspaper column Disabilities has been published in more than 260 newspapers. The archives date back to 2006 and many remain relevant and inspirational.

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Rare Allergy Led to PTSD

In 1981, a doctor prescribed Michele Rosenthal antibiotics for a bladder infection. What happened immediately following defies description.
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Ron Davis, a lightning rod (Part One)

Over the years, I've interviewed hundreds of people for this column, but few have had such intriguing and gripping stories as 66-year-old Ron Davis of Burlingame, California. He is the founder of Davis Dyslexia Association International and a lightning rod for people
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Bullers Went from Journalist to Advocate

Last week, I featured long-time journalist and disability advocate Finn Bullers of Kansas City, Kansas. I'm now featuring him again because of the breadth and depth of his accomplishments
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Roll a Mile in Their Shoes

She said she is a much better person after breaking her ankle.
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Casella Not Ready to Give Up

Mario Casella sleeps outside under the stars in Texas, getting through the night in a sleeping bag and doing what he can to survive.
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Depression: Woman Winning Lifelong Fight

I will call her "Melissa." Living outside Bloomington, Indiana, she regularly reads this column in the Spencer Evening World and for privacy reasons wants to remain anonymous.
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Mobility Disability

Until recently, “Toni” was a reader of this column in a weekly newspaper south of the Mason-Dixon line. She now resides in southeastern South Carolina. For privacy and possibly security reasons, Toni decided not to identify herself.
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86-Year-Old Advocating for Ostomy Patients

Even after all these years, 86-year-old Ellen Boldt keeps on trucking as an advocate for Americans that have had an ostomy
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Motorcycle Accident Survivor Reaching Out

In mid-summer 1970, Don Bania had just graduated from high school and was working at his father's service station in downtown
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Woman creates Ostomy awareness

Ellen Boldt of Brooksville, Florida, has a special affinity for February 19. "That's the day in 1976 I became cancer-free," said 80-year-old Boldt in a telephone interview. She reads this column in the Hernando Today edition of the Tampa Tribune